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Ellis Whittam supports more than 400 schools and education providers with their Employment Law, HR and Health & Safety challenges.

When you are running an education establishment you face many challenges.

These could include compliance, safety, regular changes in the law and time-consuming worker issues.

All of these challenges take you away from helping your students flourish.

That’s why schools and education providers trust Ellis Whittam.

As Education experts, we understand the importance of achieving excellence and securing legal compliance in the way you manage your people and their wellbeing.

Education Employment Law Support

Whether you face workplace challenges regarding sickness absences, performance, discipline or strategic issues such as restructuring, redundancies and TUPE our Employment Law/ HR experts will provide fast, practical and commercial support.

This support includes

  • Unlimited 24/7 support for a fixed fee so you can budget years in advance.
  • A legally qualified Employment Law Adviser from our Education Team nominated as your dedicated contact.
  • Reviewing and updating your Contracts of Employment and Employee Handbook.
  • Drafting your letters and documents on your behalf. We don’t just advise, we do it for you.
  • Secure online access to your documentation and correspondence with Ellis Whittam.

Education Health & Safety Help

From a health and safety perspective, we understand your challenges: multi-sites, keeping members of the public safe, keeping your risk assessments up to date, the safety of volunteers and keeping old buildings in working order.

This means we will keep you compliant with:

  • A highly qualified Consultant will act as your legally required Competent Person. Very few providers have such confidence in their service.
  • A General Risk Assessment on-site based on our unique ‘Four Pillars’ approach for education providers.
  • A Prioritised Safety Action Plan, Health & Safety Policy and Employee Health & Safety Handbook.
  • Regular visits to your premises to help you implement positive change.
  • Emergency assistance in the case of visits by the authorities visits and serious accidents.
  • We liaise with the authorities and defend you against any prosecutions.

Compliance Centre

Ellis Whittam are delighted to introduce Compliance Centre.

This is a new online Health & Safety management tool.

With the Compliance Centre, you can understand, at any moment, how compliant your organisation is with Health & Safety. This is particularly useful if you have multiple schools and sites.

So, if the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) were to enter your premises, you can demonstrate that you have taken proactive decisions to mitigate your risk.

You can take a closer look at Compliance Centre here.


As part of our full-service offering, you can also benefit from our independent Legal Expenses Insurance (LEI) for both Employment Tribunals and Protection from Prosecution in health and safety matters.

Ellis Whittam’s unique combination of expert support, unlimited help and fixed fees, supported up by our independent LEI gives you certainty of cost, peace of mind and more time to focus on achieving your objectives.

You can trust Ellis Whittam as your specialist Employment Law, HR and Health & Safety.